BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Sabres Foundation is donating $100,000 to the Resource Council of WNY.

“We need to support our neighbors and be catalysts for change, and this will hopefully be a small part of the healing process as we come together as a community,” states Buffalo Sabres Foundation President Rich Jureller.

The Resource Council of WNY runs the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Community Center, which provides support for youth on Buffalo’s east side through after-school education, summer camps, and sports facilities. The community center is in the neighborhood of the racially-motivated mass shooting that took place on May 14.

Now, it’s an even more crucial resource as a large food and supply distributor in the wake of the closure of the Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue.

The Buffalo Sabres wrote Monday that the $100,000 donation will be used for staffing and programming at the community center.

“We need to support our neighbors and be catalysts for change, and this will hopefully be a small part of the healing process as we come together as a community,” Jureller said. “The Resource Council of WNY’s longstanding goal of bringing stability, hope and inspiration to families they serve is more important now than ever before.”

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation has invested $1.2 million in the community center since its opening in 2015. For a list of ways you can help the community, click or tap here.

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Riley Fay is an intern with News 4 and current student of Medaille College. She joined the News 4 team in 2022.